Many left-leaning sportswriters and broadcasters take to Twitter to voice their displeasure with President Donald J. Trump.
While ESPN fired Curt Schilling for expressing political opinions on social media, sports journalists on the Left appeared immune from such repercussions until the New York Post fired NFL writer Bart Hubbuch this week after a recent tweet in which he compared Trump’s inauguration to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. The termination hardly terminated the zeal in jock journalists to play political pundits.
Sports Illustrated football writer Greg Bedard tweeted after Trump placed restrictions on immigration from terror-linked states, “A sad day for this country, and the idea of America.”
His colleague, legendary NFL writer Peter King responded, “Could not have said it better, Mr. Bedard.”
Albert Breer, with the same outlet, tweeted, “This is not about the election. It’s about right, wrong, and what America stands for. I’m the son of an immigrant, and I don’t think these measures keep any of the dangerous people out.”
King, long mixing politics into his football coverage, recently told his Twitter followers, “We can’t just watch and do and say nothing. I’ve got one eye on news as I write. I will voice my opinions on other things as I see fit.”
Same with ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez, who issued a strong message to a fan who unfollowed him due to his political tweets.
“Bye-bye! When your parents came here to avoid communism and your wife’s parents emigrated, you’re going to follow this stuff,” Gomez responded.
Gomez, the son of Cuban refugees, loves tweeting about politics, but said nothing when former President Barack Obama repealed “Wet Foot/Dry Foot,” which allowed all Cubans legally touching U.S. soil to stay here. This executive order gave sanctuary to Cubans risking their lives sailing to the United States to escape the oppressive communist regime.
Gomez offered another message for three other fans who also unfollowed him.
“You have the freedom to unfollow and I have the right to speak,” Gomez tweeted.
ESPN host Michelle Beadle is tired of people on Twitter telling her to “stick to sports.”
“I won’t ‘stick to sports.’ I live here. I pay taxes here. I’m an American in the eyes of the world, and that used to be a good thing,” Beadle tweeted.
Bleacher Report NFL writer Doug Farrar also tires of people telling him to “stick to sports.”
“‘Stick to sports’ is an automatic block. Just so we’re all on the same page,” Farrar tweeted.
ESPN’s NFL reporter Josina Anderson makes Trump and Breitbart bashing a cottage industry on her Twitter page. She feels Trump’s voter fraud-claims served as a distraction from the Women’s March against Trump.
“It’s like, please realize false voter fraud claim are on purpose,” Anderson tweeted. “Changed the conversation on the news networks from international protest!”
NFL Network Reporter Mike Silver also presides over a politically-charged Twitter page.
When a fan asked NFL Network’s Mike Silver to keep quiet, he tweeted, “You sound like Steve Bannon… SMH [Shaking my head].”
He also tweeted, “For a bunch of people constantly talking about how tough they are… man, the White House honchos get moist in a hurry. Cue the violins.”
Silver tweeted about Trump advisor Kelly Anne Conway, “She’s tragic.” He blocked a follower for supporting Trump’s immigration policy.
“I’m blocking someone for supporting a policy that is racist and intolerant. My feed, my rules,” tweeted Silver.
So much for freedom of speech.